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In the Oct. 15, 2012 Issue

Revolution in Rioja

Spain: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Spanish wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Rioja’s Revolutionary Moment - Spain’s most prestigious appellation draws on a glorious past while molding a future that rises to the challenges of modern tastes. As Rioja charts its destiny, and tradition and innovation interplay, the result is a fascinating mix of styles in tension

    Leading Producers - Profiles of six dynamic winemakers who are leading bodegas old and new

    Visiting Rioja - A beautiful land, delicious cuisine and stylish hotels make this a top-notch wine country destination


    Tasting Reports

    Spain’s Allure - This diverse nation offers plenty of outstanding whites and reds, with many well-priced offerings

    Great American Values - More than 200 wines that represent the best bargains from sea to shining sea Our website’s Value Wines section keeps you updated on great buys year-round. Browse our exclusive lists of the world's top wine values, top value producers and easy-to-find wines.


    Los Angeles Trendsetters - Seven restaurants on the cutting edge, from Japanese-Californian fusion to southern French style Find wine-loving dining spots around the world with our free Restaurant Search, containing the nearly 3,800 winners of our 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards. Website members can rate restaurants and get personalized recommendations for other spots they might like.








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    James Laube - What’s next for Screaming Eagle founder? In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

KOSHER PICKS For the upcoming High Holidays, get our editors' recommendations of recently rated kosher wines from around the world, plus a new recipe to please your friends and family.

VIDEO CONTEST FINALISTS Find out who made the cut in Wine Spectator's sixth annual wine video competition, and who won the viewers' top vote to earn the grand prize! Finalists will be posted Sept. 10; the winner will be revealed on Sept. 18.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions to discover Spain's distinctive wines with two of the country's top producers:

  • Vega Sicilia Unico: A blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Savignon, Unico sets the benchmark for great Spanish wines. Learn about the wine and the region of Ribera del Duero from Pablo Álvarez, who poured the 1994 vintage at the Wine Experience.
  • Numanthia: Winemaker Manuel Louzada translates Toro's terroir into powerful and opulent wines. Learn about this region in central Spain, as well as the grape Tinto de Toro, the local variation of Tempranillo.

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VALUE WINES Looking for great deals in your favorite categories? Or a change of pace that is also wallet-friendly? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at low prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.


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